The Final Girls is ​a film collective that explores the intersections of horror film and feminism through curated screenings events. ​

Set up by Anna Bogutskaya and Olivia Howe, The Final Girls is a response to the lack of creative event and marketing opportunities around genre films, as well as a lack of space for female genre filmmakers and fans.

The Final Girls have been doing events for a year, across venues in London including Prince Charles Cinema, Genesis, ICA, The Castle Cinema and with partners such as Film4, MUBI, Shudder and the BFI.

In Autumn 2018, The Final Girls launched WE ARE THE WEIRDOS, a UK-wide touring programme of 10 short horror films, all directed by women. The programme premiered at the 50th Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival and played at cinemas UK-wide across a 2 week period. You can find more details about the 2017 programme and some of the press coverage here:

We're now looking for your short films for our 2018 edition of WE ARE THE WEIRDOS. Please note, all films must be directed by a woman or female-identifying director and submissions should be fantasy, thriller or horror films.

Submissions are open to shorts up to 25 minutes in length.

All films must be directed by a Woman or Female-identifying Filmmaker

We accept fantasy, thriller and horror films of all countries, production techniques, forms and budgets. Films who do not fit this criteria will be disqualified and will not be watched.

Films must have been completed in the past 2 years.

The primary contact completing the submission process must be authorised to submit the film for consideration. This includes permission from a distributor or sales agent representing the film and the applicant must have obtained necessary permissions for the inclusion of any copyrighted music and/or images used within the film. The Final Girls WILL NOT hold responsibility for any copyright infringement.

You may enter as many films as you wish. Each entry requires a separate submission form and separate upload.

Should your film be selected, you give us permission to screen your film individually or as part of a package at The Final Girls Halloween Event and any subsequent screening over the next 12 months.

If the original language of any dialogue or text featured in the film is not English, the preview and screening copy must be subtitled in English, unless this is at variance with the filmmaker’s intention.

Submitting a film gives us permission to use publicity stills provided and up to 30 seconds of footage for use in The Final Girls' marketing and publicity.

For all enquiries, please contact

Overall Rating
  • Becki Pantling

    Being a part of We Are The Weirdos was honestly the highlight of my filmmaking year. Great venues, a wonderful team, and the opportunity to meet some really amazing filmmakers who are making inspiring work. I couldn't have asked for a more encouraging environment for a female filmmaker moving into the horror genre.

    June 2018
  • Prano Bailey-Bond

    Being part of this programme was such an honour. The Final Girls got us such great exposure - honestly the best exposure I think I've had through a screening programme. All the events were pretty much sold out and the selection and programming worked perfectly. The Final Girls are doing such brilliant things for women in horror. And are thoroughly awesome human beings, who work so hard and create the best vibes!

    November 2017